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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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37,887Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 36

$2.66M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 36

1,087 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in New Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 1,087 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 1,087 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 33,119 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in New Jersey
SIMVASTATIN 1,406 1,259 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,366 1,243 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,337 1,217 3 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,012 906 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 914 853 5 4
NAMENDA 814 805 6 12
METFORMIN HCL 650 534 7 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 634 605 8 10
OMEPRAZOLE 622 537 9 6
LISINOPRIL 607 536 10 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 573 511 11 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 558 483 12 13
RISPERIDONE 545 436 13 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 489 473 14 33
JANUVIA 472 402 15 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 469 415 16 25
FAMOTIDINE 468 401 17 17
MIRTAZAPINE 461 432 18 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 449 359 19 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 444 396 20 32
CARVEDILOL 397 370 21 21
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 396 346 22 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 393 388 23 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 383 342 24 23
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 380 281 25 38
DIOVAN 341 334 26 36
EXELON 333 325 27 48
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 323 291 28 24
LEVETIRACETAM 316 211 29 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 308 283 30 45
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 293 265 31 19
GABAPENTIN 292 251 32 20
CLOPIDOGREL 288 270 33 30
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 282 185 S2 34 29
SERTRALINE HCL 276 240 35 15
LIDODERM 265 244 36 41
MUPIROCIN 265 210 36 75
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 264 223 38 14
DIGOXIN 244 241 39 46
FENTANYL 243 180 S2 40 43
LANTUS 240 190 41 43
OLANZAPINE 226 181 42 86
PLAVIX 220 210 43 42
TRAMADOL HCL 217 208 44 39
ABILIFY 216 134 45 87
GLIMEPIRIDE 211 185 46 53
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 211 197 46 40
ATENOLOL 211 211 46 18
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 203 181 49 76
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 202 118 R 50 125
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 198 163 51 93
NEXIUM 195 170 52 35
AZITHROMYCIN 192 155 53 66
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 181 157 54 79
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 178 165 55 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 177 177 56 52
NOVOLOG 174 136 57 98
CRESTOR 173 152 58 50
LACTULOSE 170 153 59 27
SEROQUEL 169 123 60 105
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 168 153 61 51
CITALOPRAM HBR 162 121 62 31
LIPITOR 160 150 63 78
FINASTERIDE 156 151 64 61
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 154 133 65 71
LATANOPROST 153 150 66 97
SPIRIVA 150 128 67 73
LEXAPRO 145 122 68 106
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 145 136 68 94
LEVOFLOXACIN 144 132 70 68
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 139 103 71 129
TRAVATAN Z 138 116 72 146
SPIRONOLACTONE 137 132 73 108
CLONIDINE HCL 133 79 74 96
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 130 115 75 64
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 129 98 76 60
SINGULAIR 129 116 76 94
SANTYL 128 118 78 72
MEGESTROL ACETATE 123 105 R 79 144
LOVAZA 115 82 80 92
RANITIDINE HCL 111 99 81 62
HYDROXYZINE HCL 106 78 R 82 153
LYRICA 104 93 83 88
ROPINIROLE HCL 104 104 83 154
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 98 98 85 157
TIMOLOL MALEATE 97 93 86 142
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 93 92 87 196
RAMIPRIL 93 90 87 58
PROAIR HFA 93 78 87 110
GLIPIZIDE 93 87 87 69
HALOPERIDOL 92 0 91 197
LAMOTRIGINE 92 56 91 197
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 91 79 93 140
PAROXETINE HCL 89 89 94 57
SENSIPAR 89 86 94 203
PROCRIT 87 87 96 145
LEVEMIR 86 86 97 206
PRANDIN 86 71 97 138
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 86 86 97 112
MELOXICAM 84 79 100 63
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 83 58 101 127
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 82 70 102 85
TRICOR 79 55 103 174
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 76 103 83
NYSTATIN 78 71 105 117
AVELOX 76 64 106 211
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 76 76 106 143
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 76 71 106 169
SILVER SULFADIAZINE 75 68 109 212
ACTOS 75 67 109 159
CEPHALEXIN 73 63 111 109
MECLIZINE HCL 73 67 111 124
JANTOVEN 72 72 113 218
CYMBALTA 71 49 114 80
SYMBICORT 69 39 115 161
CELEBREX 67 62 116 139
HUMALOG 67 43 116 228
VALPROIC ACID 65 53 118 232
ALLOPURINOL 65 65 118 59
FLOVENT HFA 65 53 118 232
PREDNISONE 65 47 118 55
DEXILANT 63 53 122 234
TRAZODONE HCL 63 31 122 54
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 63 56 122 185
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 50 125 134
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 59 56 126 116
PRIMIDONE 58 58 127 240
MOMETASONE FUROATE 58 52 127 165
VESICARE 58 44 127 155
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 57 50 130 244
SODIUM CHLORIDE 56 31 131 166
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 46 132 90
LITHIUM CARBONATE 54 54 133 248
GLIPIZIDE ER 54 54 133 141
BUSPIRONE HCL 53 44 135 120
SSD 53 52 135 252
PERMETHRIN 53 42 135 252
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 51 51 R 138 258
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 40 R 138 189
ALPHAGAN P 51 51 138 258
GLYBURIDE 50 41 R 141 111
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 50 50 141 113
BACLOFEN 50 37 141 179
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Dec. 7, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.